Wintering

Wintering

Book - 2016
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A highly acclaimed novelist now gives us a true epic: a love story that spans sixty years, generations' worth of feuds, and secrets withheld and revealed.

The two principal stories at play in Wintering are bound together when the elderly, demented Harry Eide escapes his sickbed and vanishes into the forbidding, northernmost wilderness that surrounds the town of Gunflint, Minnesota--instantly changing the Eide family, and many other lives, forever. He'd done this once before, more than thirty years earlier in 1963, fleeing a crumbling marriage and bringing along Gustav, his eighteen-year-old son, pitching this audacious, potentially fatal scheme--winter already coming on, in these woods, on these waters--as a reenactment of the ancient voyageurs' journeys of discovery.

It's certainly something Gus has never forgotten, nor the Devil's Maw of a river, a variety of beloved (possibly fantastical) maps, the ice floes and waterfalls (neither especially appealing from a canoe), a magnificent bear, the endless portages, a magical abandoned shack, Thanksgiving and Christmas improvised at the far end of the earth, the brutal cold and sheer beauty of it all. And men hunting other men.

Now--with his father pronounced dead--Gus relates their adventure in vivid detail to Berit Lovig, who'd spent much of her life waiting for Harry, her passionate conviction finally fulfilled over the last two decades. So, a middle-aged man rectifying his personal history, an aging lady wrestling with her own, and with the entire saga of a town and region they'd helped to form and were in turn formed by, relentlessly and unforgettably.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101946466
Branch Call Number: GEY
Characteristics: 299 pages ; 25 cm

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LeahSheldon
Jan 05, 2017

Original and beautifully written. Highly recommend.

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EmilyEm
Oct 19, 2016

Gus Eide recounts a life-altering trip he took in the 1960s with his father Harry into Minnesota’s borderlands—Canada’s Quentico Provential Park—to his father’s long-time love Birgit Lovig.

If you read his book ‘The Lighthouse Road,’ it’s fairly certain you’ll like this one. I couldn’t stay with that book to the end. But, this story with many of the same characters and secrets was a page-turner for me. Lyrical, no doubt a year’s best read. A must-read if you love outdoor adventures in places like Minnesota’s Boundary Waters.

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laphampeak
Oct 03, 2016

Something about Geye's description of being "out in the woods" reminds me of my winters in Wisconsin. The story, however, is about survival- the survival of family stories, the survival in the wilderness, survival in a family feud. It wasn't a fun read but was extremely captivating.

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SarahDormat
Sep 24, 2016

Beautifully written, purposely slow in its exposition, and getting much-deserved praise. I just, personally, had a hard time getting into the plot.

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ididarodkid
Jul 04, 2016

I would have given this novel a higher rating, however, I was frustrated in my attempt to understand in the beginning, the relationships of the characters. It seems the author assumed the reader was familiar with his previous novel. I was not. Had that been clarified, the rest of the novel was a worthy read. There were many dimensions to the story, yet it reminds us as we get older, of the threads that have woven our lives, and influenced the outcome of our own history. There is beauty to his descriptions, and many passages prompted me to stop and reflect on the words. There was a depth to this book that could well be embraced by some, and overlooked by others.

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Reads_A_Lot
Jun 23, 2016

A beautifully written and compelling story. Part outdoor adventure as Gus tells of the harrowing winter he and his father spent together in 1963, and part family drama as Berit tells about the town's history and the Eide family's part in it. I didn't realize this was the 2nd book in a series. I will now have to read the Lighthouse Road.

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